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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Embedded in Brexit: An Inside Look at the Anti-EU Movement

Embedded in Brexit: An Inside Look at the Anti-EU Movement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2016

The Brexit movement tends to not be particularly open with journalists, so I joined them for a few weeks to get an inside look. What I found was a lot of enthusiasm and some cause for concern in the run-up to the June 23 vote. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Exceeding Expectations: Federica Mogherini Is Hope of European Social Democrats

Exceeding Expectations: Federica Mogherini Is Hope of European Social Democrats

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2016

Early on, many considered Federica Mogherini to be too young and inexperienced for the EU's top diplomatic post. Today, her name is being tossed in the ring as a potential leading European politician. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2016

In an effort to help keep refugees from Africa at bay, the EU is planning to deliver personal registration equipment to Sudan, whose president is wanted on war crimes charges. Germany is leading the way. By Jürgen Dahlkamp and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States has generated significant backlash for good reasons. But it's time for Europeans to get on board, or risk being left behind. A Commentary By Michael Sauga more...

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2016

An unprecedented protest movement of a scope not seen since the Iraq war in Germany has pushed negotiations over the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement to the brink of collapse. The demonstrations are characterized by a level of professionalism not previously seen. By Dinah Deckstein, Simone Salden and Michaela Schießl more... Comment ]

Ahead of Brexit Vote: EU Commission To Challenge UK Truck Toll

Ahead of Brexit Vote: EU Commission To Challenge UK Truck Toll

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2016

The European Commission had hoped not to provide fresh anti-EU ammunition to pro-Brexit voters ahead of Britain's upcoming referendum. But SPIEGEL has learned that Brussels is planning to launch legal proceedings against the UK over its truck toll. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2016

As she visits Germany with US President Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making a push for the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. "Our administration wants a deal," she says in an interview, at the same time defending secrecy. By Veit Medick in Washington, DC more... Comment ]

Donald Tusk on Refugee Crisis: We Can Never Negotiate Our Values with Erdogan

Donald Tusk on Refugee Crisis: We Can Never Negotiate Our Values with Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2016

Tough policies on migration do not rule out humanitarian goals in the EU, the European Council president argues in an editorial. But Europe must also set clear limits on the concessions it is willing to make with its partners in resolving the refugee crisis. A Commentary By Donald Tusk more... Comment ]

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

European Parliament is planning to eliminate the use of private firms for its chauffeur service following the discovery of Islamic State propaganda on two drivers in Brussels and Strasbourg. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Mario Bothers: Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank

Mario Bothers: Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

Business and political leaders in Germany are increasingly frustrated with the monetary policies of European Central Bank head Mario Draghi. Recently, the confrontation has threatened to become damaging to the euro zone. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

The EU is praising the first deportations this week from Greece to Turkey as a breakthrough for the recent refugee agreement with Ankara. But it was little more than a show. Many believe the deal will fail to survive the expected legal challenges. By Giorgos Christides, Katrin Kuntz and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]